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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Sandwich and Dessert

Any day is a good day for relaxing...that includes little or no time in the kitchen. Right? Less cooking means less clean-up. Less clean-up provides moments to relax or time to enjoy something fun. What vision comes to your mind as the quick, non-demanding lunch? It can be eating out but also something put together fairly easy at home.

September 14 is...

What is so great about the hoagie is that it is a built-to-order sandwich with generous portions of meat and cheese. In addition, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, peppers - the works, whatever you have on hand - provide accompaniment along with a drizzling of seasoned oil & vinegar dressing. A variety of breads are available but the Italian roll (bun) is the standard choice. Recorded history denotes Philadelphia as the place of origin for the true Italian hoagie, which was declared the "Official Sandwich of Philadelphia" in 1992. The Italian version combines various meats - Italian ham, prosciutto, salami - and provolone cheese.

There are various stories as to how the Hoagie got its name.
The most widely accepted story centers on an area of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I (1914-1918). The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “hoggies.” Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwiches, but under a different spelling.
This is not the first day designated for the big, tasty sandwich known as the Hoagie. National Hoagie Day was celebrated on May 5, which is a yearly celebration. Of course, a hoagie is good on any day!



"Too few people understand a really good sandwich." ~ James Beard

After the hoagie, it is time for dessert. Of course, this little 'sweetie' can be enjoyed any time of the day, morning, noon, night or any hour in between!
September 14 is...

A doughnut, thick cake or light yeast raised, doesn’t have to have a hole. Culinary speaking, it just needs to be fried dough that’s sweet. In some parts of the world, doughnuts are twisted like ropes, or braided like plaits or shaped like biscuits. This day's celebration focuses on those that are filled with a creamy specialty, such as whipped cream or something more exotic like whipped ganache, pastry cream or buttercream frosting. Flavoring the cream is purely taste generated with options that are endless.
 A Bit of Doughnut History...
Doughnuts were introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s by Dutch settlers that were known for their pastries. The first doughnut with a hole in the middle is said to be a creation of American Hansen Gregory. Thankfully, someone after Hansen made the brilliant decision to save the holes for mouth-watering goodness of their own. Then, came the brilliant idea of the delicious cream filling! These were so well-liked that the Boston Creme Doughnut, perhaps one of the most popular cream-filled doughnuts, became the official doughnut of Massachusetts in 2003.
Celebrate National Cream Filled Doughnut Day with a stop at your local bakery for a box of fresh cream filled donuts! OR you just may want to make some of your own. Nothing any better than homemade!



Is your mouth watering yet?

Happenin's on September 14...
♥~ 1741 - George Frederick Handel completed his Messiah. It took the composer just 23 days to complete the timeless musical treasure which is still very popular during the Christmas holiday season.
♥~ 1814 - Frances Scott Key, an attorney in Washington, DC, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry (an outpost protecting the city of Baltimore, MD). Key wrote some famous words to express his feelings. Those words became The Star-Spangled Banner, which officially became the U.S. national anthem by an act of Congress in 1931. National Anthem Day is celebrated on March 3rd of each year.
♥~ 1965 - F-Troop premiered on ABC-TV. The nutty post-Civil War sitcom ran through Aug 31, 1967.
♥~ 1972-  The Walton’s aired for the first time on CBS-TV.  Families tuned in every Thursday night to get a TV view of the life happenings of the Walton family. The Depression years (and later) story, narrated by its creator, Earl Hamner, Jr., was seen through the eyes of the oldest of 7 children, John Boy, portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas. Can we all remember how the show ended? Good night, John Boy”, “Good night, Jim-Bob”, “Good night, Elizabeth” ….
♥~ 1978 - The first show of the TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the irrepressible Robin Williams as Mork and actress Pam Dawber as Mindy, aired on ABC-TV. Mork had made an earlier (February, 1978) appearance, landing on earth during an episode of Happy Days. Na nu, na nu.
♥~ 1991 - San Antonio police arrested a 76-year-old man in an anti-prostitution sweep. From jail he called his 102-year-old mother for help. He said he couldn’t call his wife—she’d kill him.

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